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Sleeping at Schiphol for free

1 August 2007 - Schiphol ranks number 7 on the list of favourite airports of the Budget Traveller’s Guide to Sleeping in Airports. But “what’s the friggin’ deal with armrests on all the seatings?”

Visitors say that facilities are excellent in the secure area one enters after checking in. Many recommend the comfortable seats opposite the First Aid, although they are apparently difficult to find. Other tips for places to sleep include the baby changing facilities and the children's ball pool at the McDonald’s.

For those who cannot sleep, one visitor recommends the entertainment: “an art museum, an air travel history museum, a casino, and numerous attractive restaurants and stores”.

Those who have to stay outside the secure area have to make do with benches with “hard metal armrests between seats making it impossible to lie down unless you can perform contortions worthy of a yoga instructor”.

Many complain about the armrests: “The vast majority of the seating seems to have been designed specifically to annoy and make uncomfortable transit passengers. What’s the friggin’ deal with armrests on all the bench seating? Are they unaware that many passengers have just disembarked from a plane where, surprise, they were forced to sit upright with no room to stretch for many hours? Sick bastards!”

An airport employee confirms that the armrests are intended to prevent people sleeping on the benches. “The people who complained about those chairs are just telling me the chairs worked out perfectly”.

A pre-911 visitor suggested to ask security if you may enter the secure area ahead of time and go outside again the next morning to check in - ‘it works’. Well, perhaps security guards are not so lenient anymore these days.

The Sleeping in Airports website was created by Canadian Donna McSherry, “who had an alcohol problem and too much time on her hands back in 1996”. According to the website’s visitors, the best airport to sleep at is Singapore; the worst is Moscow.

In addition to the regular facilities, Singapore Changi has “free mobile charging, free tours of the city, alarm clocks on the chairs, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, massage and spa facilities, live bands, extensive gardens, a special "official" napping corner, and free movies - all at the airport. There really is no reason to leave Club Changi”.

Photo: Raffo / Budget Traveller’s Guide to Sleeping in Airports


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